Nampa Festival of the Arts 

Boise has Art in the Park, Sun Valley has the Arts & Crafts Festival and Nampa has the Festival of the Arts—a cultural institution in the city since 1986, which this year will highlight nearly 200 artists against the lush backdrop of Lakeview Park.

The festivities will run Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 11-12, and the Nampa Parks & Recreation Department, which hosts the event, expects as many as 18,000 art-lovers to pass through. Attendees can wander from booth to booth, snack on food from more than a dozen vendors (Kanak Attack, Coned Pizza and Donut DeLights among them) and listen to live music from acts like Carmel and the Closers, the Billy Blues Band, Shot Glass, Red Light Challenge and more over two afternoons.

A juried art show will also take place in the Rose Garden, where guests are invited to vote for their favorite pieces until 2 p.m. on Sunday, when they'll be tallied for a people's choice award that will be announced half an hour later on the main stage. Plus, there will be a kid's art booth and bounce houses to entertain the little ones.

Whether you're into oil paint or watercolor, yard art or handcrafted wood, the Nampa Festival of the Arts is sure to have at least one booth that catches your eye. And considering it's open to the public for free, there's no reason not to spend an afternoon scoping it out. Find a map and more event details on the festival's Facebook page
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